Banana Cake – life’s simple pleasure!

Do you have cravings?

Occasionally I do.
And sometimes for the oddest stuff.

Last Sunday while I was at the wet market, I saw this bunch of lovely “pisang rasthali” at my regular fruit stall.  I found out that pisang rasthali is known as “manzano banana” in English.  I didn’t take a photo of the bunch I had but here’s a photo I found on Google, just to let you have an idea of how they looked:


Well, coming back to my cravings… it was for Banana Cake! This is actually readily available in most bakeries everywhere – in fact, there’s also a stall at the wet market selling this. After all, bananas are available whole year round here and not that expensive too.

But… rather than taking the easy way out and just buying it, I took the trouble of baking one myself. You see, the problem was this: I find most cakes sold in bakeries/market are either too sweet or too full of artificial flavours or worse, there’s too much soda bicarbonate in them (especially in banana cakes)!

For banana cakes, I always use pisang rasthali/manzano bananas as they give the best flavour and texture to the cake. Do use very ripe ones as those which are not ripe enough will give a certain tartness to the cake, which, I find to be quite unpleasant.

banana cake

So, come on over… have some tea and some banana cake! :)



17 Responses to “Banana Cake – life’s simple pleasure!”

  1. March 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    can make a mangosteen cake? or a ciku cake? those are my two favorite malaysian fruits 😀

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 9:31 am #

      Hmm… not sure if i can use mangosteen & ciku in a similar recipe. Hehe, will let u know if i do try 😉

  2. Marian Eu
    March 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Your banana cake was so looovely! I also like pisang rastali. Gives a nice texture to the cake.

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks, Marian – pisang rasthali is the best banana for cake!

  3. March 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Oh I remember this with such fondness! It was so wonderful with my morning cuppa!

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 9:32 am #

      Min, that was quite some time ago eh? Nice to know it brought back fond memories :)

  4. March 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    You should run baking classes already! 😀

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      Jason: Will u attend ahh? 😛

  5. March 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Ahh nice and fluffy! I LOVE banana cakes! Can I come over now? 😉

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      Witch: Banana cakes are easy to love eh? 😉 Come over before it’s all gone, LOL!

  6. March 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Wow your banana cake looks lovely!

    I used to bake banana cakes all the time whenever they became too ripe..

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      Baby Sumo: Thanks :) Yes, ripe bananas are excellent for cakes!

  7. March 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    You’ve got me going bananas over your banana cake! 😀

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 9:37 am #

      LFB: Didn’t know u like banana cakes 😛

  8. gfad
    March 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I love banana cakes that are speckled. I have difficulty finding bananas like the rastali here which gives a fantastic speckled appearance and great aroma. Maybe I should try some of those small Indian bananas which look like our rastali and see how it goes. They did make nice kuih kodoks though but not as fragrant as our local pisang.

    If you’re on the lookout for other banana cake recipes, this one is quite good ( Really light and moist. I don’t like those banana bread-type as they are too dry and dense.

    • Pureglutton
      March 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      GFAD: Only the rastali gives that speckled effect, that’s why I said it’s the perfect banana for cake-baking! Hmm, i’ll check out that recipe you linked… my own recipe also yields a killer cake 😉

  9. val brown
    May 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Looking at this banana cake is literally making my mouth water. after i find, make, or steal a pie with cheese on top, gotta find, make, or steal a banana cake. my work is cut out for me today…

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